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Refugees, Migration

Posted by Shruti Venkatraman on 08/10/2016 - 20:13

26th July 2016

The volatile security situation in South Sudan has resulted in approximately 37,000 refugees fleeing to Uganda, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) voicing serious concerns regarding violence. UNHCR is taking an active role to support Uganda as refugee centers struggle to cope with the influx due to limited capacity. They are currently attempting to orgnanize new settlement areas as quickly as possible and to acquire more funding to support their initiatives. 

Posted by Isabella on 08/03/2016 - 12:19

In the last week, Australia has been condemned by various international non-governmental organizations for its treatment of asylum seekers in off-shore detention centers. In 2014, Australia implemented a defence policy that aimed to stop illegal boats of asylum seekers from arriving on-shore. This policy involved establishing processing centers on nearby island countries and territories, including Nauru and Christmas Island. In these detention centers, asylum seekers wait for processing into Australia in horrendous and unlivable conditions.

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Posted by Jackie Fielder on 04/02/2016 - 15:42

A new report from Amnesty International slams Qatar for not living up to promises to improve workers’ rights and adds to a growing international criticism of Qatar’s inability to properly implement adopted policies.
World Cup host Qatar and FIFA are in public diplomacy terms back to square one with a just published Amnesty International report that takes the Gulf state to task for failing to implement lofty promises to significantly improve workers’ working and living conditions and the world soccer body for not ensuring that Qatar lives up to international standards.

Posted by Jackie Fielder on 04/02/2016 - 15:36

This year’s El Clásico is being played during the same week Amnesty International released a scathing report on human rights violations in Qatar. According to the report, migrant workers have endured major human rights violations while building stadiums for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.

Posted by Christopher Saal on 03/15/2016 - 13:02

With our blog we want to shed some light on the differences and similarities between human rights and social justice and their implementation in national, as well as international contexts. We base our thoughts and proposals on current debates and happenings in the U.S., Europe, and China.

What are we talking about? Definitions

First of all, a definition of the two concepts is needed. Matthew Robinson from the “Department of Government and Justice Studies” of the Appalachian State University defines social justice as a concept that promotes... Read More

Posted by Jessica Wädt on 03/13/2016 - 05:42

Today there are elections in three different regions in Germany: Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saxony-Anhalt. There is a very dreadful trend towards the right-winged parties, since a lot of people fear the masses of refugees from Syria and other Eastern countries. The article states how meaningful these elections are, because "together [these states] have 17 million of Germany's 81.5 million inhabitants." The refugee crisis is a very dominant topic and there is no clear solution to this. The article also draws attention to the up-coming party "AFD", "founded in 2013, the... Read More

Posted by Jessica Wädt on 03/13/2016 - 05:39

Today there are elections in three different regions in Germany: Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saxony-Anhalt. There is a very dreadful trend towards the right-winged parties, since a lot of people fear the masses of refugees from Syria and other Eastern countries. The article states how meaningful these elections are, because "together [these states] have 17 million of Germany's 81.5 million inhabitants." The refugee crisis is a very dominant topic and there is no clear solution to this. The article also draws attention to the up-coming party "AFD", "founded in 2013, the... Read More

Posted by Vlagioiu Paul on 03/09/2016 - 06:49

The article talks about a major issue that many of the asylum seekers on the Balkan route are facing with and is rarely depicted by the media. Women refugees in particular, who are either single or with children are frequently the subject of violence and sexual abuse, either by other male refugees or security personal. With EU failing to find practical and efficient solutions to administrate the refugee situation, this problem continues to persist and leave deep open scars.

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Posted by David Palumbo-Liu on 03/07/2016 - 07:40

This is a blog by Mira B and Lisa H, graduate students at the University of Würzburg, who invite your comments:

No matter if one watches TV, reads a newspaper or follows the news online, the Syrian refugee crisis has been a ubiquitous topic during the last months in Europe. It is horrible to experience people’s despair and suffering when they try to escape the ever-lasting war in their home country. They are forced to leave their native country with nothing more than they are able to carry with them. What is even more, if they don’t die on their way to another European country they... Read More

Posted by David Palumbo-Liu on 03/07/2016 - 07:35

This is a blog written by Sabrina W, a graduate student from the U of Würzburg, who invites your comments:

Train delayed, no trains between Salzburg and Munich, long waiting periods on borders. News like these are by now part of everyday life in Austria and Germany.

The refugee crisis in Europe is still an ongoing problem that causes plenty of discussions in politics and society. But what is actually going on in Europe and especially in Germany? Possibly, Germany’s foreign politics or that of the European Union is the reason for the war most... Read More

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